The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 3, 2013

Obituaries — Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013




George Luther Burke

George Luther Burke, 71, of Glen Morgan, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2013, in Gary, West Virginia, after a long illness. Born October 19, 1941, in Montgomery, Virginia, he is the son of the late George S. and Mabel M. Burke.

George was the oldest of two children. He married Gayle Linden Burnett in Beckley, West Virginia, on November 28, 1960. They had two children, George Leland and Lori Dale. He served his country in the United States Army for 3 years as an automobile mechanic. He was a lifelong resident of Beckley; he worked many years as an auto mechanic, and was employed by Eastern Associated Coal for over twenty-five years. He enjoyed classic cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, playing the guitar, a good cup of coffee, and a great joke.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Gayle, and son, George Leland Burke. George will be remembered by his daughter, Lori D. Samuel and husband, Blaine, of Moore, Oklahoma; sister, Thelma Whitfield of Beckley, WV; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and his special nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a service of remembrance for George at 1 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Glen Kuhn officiating. Following the services George will be laid to rest at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

Family and friends may gather from 12 p.m. until time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Online condolences and other information can be located by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.



Teresa Ann Cyrus

WAYSIDE — Teresa Ann Cyrus, 42, of Wayside, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pete Dunford officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the services. It was Teresa’s request to be cremated following the funeral.

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Cyrus family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Charles Michael Dillon

Charles Michael Dillon, age 51, of Shady Spring, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, after a long illness.

Mike was born at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on September 14, 1961. He was a graduate of Shady Spring High School in 1980, and was a well-known local artist and sign maker who operated his own business in the area for many years. Mike was well known and well liked by all who knew him. He was a kind-hearted and generous man.

Mike was preceded in death by his son, Eric M. Dillon, in 2009.

He is survived by his sons, Adam S. Dillon of Shady Spring, and Ryan Dillon of Coal City.

Also surviving are his parents, Charles and Ruth Miles Dillon of Shady Spring, his sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Keith Cook of Roanoke, Va.; his grandchildren, Tessa S. and Eli M. Dillon of Shady Spring, his companion Deborah Mitchell of Raleigh, WV, his former spouses, Anita H. Dillon of Raleigh, N.C., and Teresa S. Dillon of Coal City; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

Son, brother, husband, father, grandfather — Your sweet memory will be with us always.

A Celebration of Mike’s life will be held at the home of his parents Charles and Ruth Dillon, 116 Bessie Lane, Shady Spring, on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. for family members and close friends. There will be no visitation.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral  Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin, 54, of Cool Ridge, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Betty Frances ‘Serry’ (Lewis) Geroski

OAKLAND, Md. — Betty Frances “Serry” (Lewis) Geroski, 84, of Oakland died on Friday, February 1, 2013. Born on August 10, 1928, in Kempton, MD, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Bertha (Knotts) Lewis. She attended and graduated from Thomas High School. Betty spent her life caring for her family, house and garden. She will be fondly remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend as well as for her wonderful cooking, clean house and sense of humor.

She is survived by one son, John H. Geroski Jr. of Hedgesville, WV; three daughters, Sharon Porter of Mountain Lake Park, Harriett Cannon of Crellin and Cynthia Sundstrom of Fayetteville, WV; seven grandchildren, Erik Geroski of Oakland, Beth Ann Siville of Winchester, VA, Caroline Evans of Oakland, Stacy Geroski of Oakland, Joshua Geroski of Fredericksburg, VA, Jessica Geroski of Fredericksburg, VA, and Emily Sundstrom of Fayetteville, WV; six great-grandchildren, Vivian Geroski, Kristen Geroski, Jacob Cannon, Jonathon Evans and Mara Evans, all of Oakland, and Madelyn of Fredricksburg, VA; and two sisters, Juanita “Chick” Skeweris of Backbone Mountain and Naomi “Mutt” Flanagan of Gorman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Harold Geroski, Sr.; a son, Michael Allen Geroski; two grandsons, Chad Michael Geroski and Mark Cannon; and a sister, Mayjel “Dude” Skeweris.

Friends will be received at the Burdock-Fredlock Funeral Home, P.A., 21 N. 2nd St., Oakland, on Sunday, February 3rd, from 1 to 5 p.m. A funeral service will take place in the funeral home on Monday, February 4th, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sam Moon officiating. Interment will follow in Garrett County Memorial Gardens, Oakland, and then a dinner will be served at the Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1101 Fairview Church Road, Oakland.

Memorials may be made to the House of Hope, 202 S. 4th St., Oakland, MD 21550.

Online at www.burdockfredlockfh.com.



Judith Abigail Lane

Judith Abigail Lane, age 97, of Cool Ridge, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2013,  at home following a long illness.

Born on January 28, 1916, at Ellison, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Elder Eli O. Lilly and Cora Clark Lilly.

Mrs. Lane was a homemaker, and was a member of the Salem Primitive Baptist Church at Mt. View. She had made her home at Cool Ridge nearly all of her life.

Mrs. Lane was preceded in death by her husband, John Lane, by grandson, Rick Lane, great-grandson Jason Propps, daughter-in-law Ann Lane, by brothers, Ralph, Carlos, and  Elder Kenna Lilly, by sisters Lena Cox, Gladys Cox, Lucinda Lane, and Lola Thompson.

Those survivors left to cherish her memory include her son Mason Lane of Cool Ridge with whom she had made her home for the past 4 years; brothers Josiah L. Lilly of Cool Ridge, and Kelso D. Lilly and his wife Thelma of Beckley; two grandchildren, Terry Lane and his  companion Mandy of Cool Ridge, and Michael Lane and his wife Karen of North Carolina; one great-grandchild, Robert Lane and his wife Jessica of Cool Ridge, and a great-great-grandson Brody Parker Lane. A brother-in-law, David Thompson of Florida, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of Judith A. Lane on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 2 p.m., at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, with Elder Tommy Pack officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Southern WV, PO. Box 1472, Beckley, WV, or to the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department.

Pallbearers will be Robert Lane, Mike Lane, Charles Basham, and David Pierce.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



Robert Vincent Lowery

Robert Vincent Lowery, 83, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013, following a long illness.

Born July 1, 1929, in Mabscott, WV, he was the son of the late Arthur and Violet Mandoline Lowery.

Bob was owner of Lowery’s Shoe Repair and Sporting Goods. He was a member of St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Beckley Moose Lodge. Bob was the WV State Boxing Commissioner for 15 years. He was involved in amateur and professional boxing and coached youth sports in the community for many years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Mark Lowery.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Richmond Lowery; daughter, Marisa Lowery of Beckley; sons, Matt and Maris Lowery of Beckley, Myron Lowery and wife Dawn of Ft. Mill, SC, and Mario Lowery and wife Adair of Morganton, NC; grandchildren, Zanna and Ella Lowery of Ft. Mill, SC, and Sallie McCurry of Morganton, NC; brother, Bill Lowery of Pittsburgh, PA; and sister, Phyllis Lowery of Lowell, IN.

A funeral liturgy will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with Monsignor Samuel Sacus officiating. A rite of committal will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calfee Funeral Home, 800 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, where a scripture prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. led by Rev. Mr. Don Wise.

Pallbearers will be Matt Lowery, Maris Lowery, Myron Lowery, Mario Lowery, Eric Thomas and Larry Cook.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, 614 S. Oakwood Ave., Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences may be left at www.calfeefh.com.

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.



Vada Evelyn Mason

LEWISBURG — Vada Evelyn Mason, 82, of Lewisburg passed away Friday evening, Feb. 1, 2013.

Services for Mrs. Mason will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with the Rev. Ron Miller officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg. The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to HospiceCare, 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Please send online condolences by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH.com.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Eugene Lavender Neal

PINEVILLE — Eugene Lavender Neal, 91, of Pineville passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete. Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Neal family.



Betty J. Pauley

Betty J. Pauley, 64, of Shady Spring, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at the Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.



William Joseph ‘Bill’ Reed

HICO — William Joseph “Bill” Reed, age 72, of Hico, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 1, 2013, at his home.

Born on March 24, 1940, at Glen Morgan, he was the son of the late James A. Reed and Norma Epperly Reed.

Mr. Reed was a retired coal miner, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving from 1959 until 1963. He was a member of the Sunday Road Baptist Church at Hico, and had made his home at Hico for nearly 42 years.  

Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his wife Denise Campbell Reed.

Three sons, Mark Reed and his wife Amy of Hico, Adam Roberts of Oak Hill, and Joseph E. Roberts and his wife Shalaine of Jacksonville, Arkansas.

A brother Carl Reed and his wife Dora of Glen Morgan, 2 grandchildren, Ashton and Blake, two special grandchildren Taylor and T.C. Perry. 3 special friends Harry Treadway, Marshall Wilson, and Donzie Pack.

Matthew 25:23 “Well done, good and faithful servant.” II Corinthians 5:8 “Absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” Psalms 121:1-2 “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Funeral services will be conducted to Celebrate The Life Of William “Bill” Reed on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Sunday Road Baptist Church, Hico, WV, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Allen Donaldson officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Friends will serve as pallbearers. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Oak Hill VFW Post #3110 Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at www.roseandquesenberry.net.

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.



Patsy Acord Stone

Patsy Carol Acord Stone, 74, of Fairdale died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at www.meltonmortuary.com.

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.



Theodore Richard Weikel

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

He shall be like a tree

Planted by the rivers of water.

That brings forth its fruit in its season,

Whose leaf also shall not wither;

And whatever he does shall prosper.

Theodore Richard Weikel of Pickaway, WV, at the age of 83 joined his loved ones in Heaven on January 31, 2013.

He was born February 9, 1929, at his homeplace in Lillydale, WV, the son of the late Otis McKinley and Eunice Parker Weikel.

Richard was known to all as a hard-working, honest, caring friend and neighbor and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He could always be found working at his mill, the farm or in his woodshop.

Richard along with his late brother, Kenneth Weikel, started their business by raising chickens and selling eggs. Eventually they were able to purchase a run-down truck and started hauling for the community. Richard was 13 and Kenneth was 11. With hard work they were able to save and buy timber-filled property that they cut themselves and logged with horses. This was the beginning of the present-day Weikel Brothers Lumber Company. Richard continued to work at the mill until the end. Even the day of his death he spent his morning working at the farm and piddling in his woodshop. In his later years he also restored antique cars.

He was a faithful member of the Mt. Hedding United Methodist Church at Lillydale for his entire life. Richard lived by the Golden Rule and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Malcolm and Kenneth Weikel and their wives, Gloria and Evelyn; a sister, Janet Louise, his son, Teddy, and his grandson, Aaron Boggs.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Linda Lee Miller Weikel of Pickaway; 2 sons Larry Weikel and companion, Rosetta Sneddon, of Pickaway, Ralph Weikel and wife, Tina, of Sinks Grove; one daughter, Marsha Taylor and husband, Travis, of Charlottesville, VA; one brother Marcus Weikel and wife, Brenda, of Covington, VA; one sister, Mary Ellen Booth and husband, Linwell, of Lindside.

Paw Paw was loved by his numerous grandchildren and their families: Mickey Weikel and family, Nikki, Trey and Jeramiah; Mike Boggs and family, Melissa, Lexi and Chaz; Erica Weikel Muddiman and husband, Bryan; William and James Sneddon, Adrian, Nicholas and Olivia Taylor. He will be forever remembered by numerous adoring nieces and nephews, as well.

Although Richard’s journey in this world has come to an end, we rejoice in knowing that his eternal life has just begun.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Groves Funeral Home Chapel in Union with Pastor Herman D. Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the Lillydale Cemetery at Lillydale, WV.

Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Mt. Hedding United Methodist Church c/o Linwell Booth, Treasure Rt. 1 Box 100-A, Lindside, WV 24951.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.



Randy Lee Woolwine

OCEANA — Randy Lee Woolwine, of Oceana, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with the Rev. Glen Cook officiating. Friends may gather with the family from noon until time of the service at the funeral home. Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting www.blueridgefuneralhome.com.

Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley, is in charge of the arrangements.



Lonzo Winfred Wyrick

CLAWSON, Mich. — Lonzo Winfred Wyrick, age 69, of Clawson, Michigan, formerly of Pemberton, WV, passed away on January 29, 2013, in Michigan.

Born on September 11, 1943, in Pemberton, he was the son of the late Henry and Dorothy Wyrick.

Mr. Wyrick was a hard worker, and moved to Michigan as a young man. He loved cars, playing horseshoes and chess. After he retired, he enjoyed working on small engine items, and he also loved his family dearly.

Mr. Wyrick was preceded in death by brothers, Nathan and Harry Wyrick, by sisters Madeline and Barbara Wyrick.

Left to cherish his memory include four sons, Michael Wyrick, Scott Wyrick, and Jeff Wyrick all of Michigan, and Brian Wyrick and his wife Joleen of Maryland.

Two sisters, Dixie St. Clair and her husband Sidney of Blue Ridge, Virginia, and Wanda McClung of Beckley. Four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends in Michigan and West Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at the Sprague Freewill Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 5 p.m. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. At his request, Mr. Wyrick’s body was cremated.

Information submitted by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.